Lynn Melnick will be reading at Free Water #8 on Friday, August 14th, at KGB, at 7 p.m. along with Morgan Parker, Tommy Pico, and Angel Nafis.
What is the best poetry advice you’ve received?
Lynn Melnick: Alice Walker said “If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for?” That’s the best poetry advice I’ve received. But do you mean advice that I’ve personally received? One time a man told me he couldn’t take me seriously as a writer because I wear a lot of dresses so I’ve continued to wear a lot of dresses.
What are you currently working on?
Melnick: I’m finishing my second poetry collection!
In a previous interview with EKR, Britt said “everything is sound.” So if everything is sound, how would you describe yours? Or, disagree:
Melnick: Well, as a Scorpio, I love the use of the word “everything.” ALL-OR-NOTHING 4EVER. My sound is hopefully pleasant and probably a bit dense.
What is the last book you read?
Melnick: I just finished Everytime a Knot is Undone, a God is Released by Barbara Chase-Riboud.
What is your favorite drink?
Melnick: Coffee. Unless I can find Coke Zero from a soda fountain.
Get If I should Say I Have Hope from YesYesBooks, follow Lynn Melnick on Twitter @LynnMelnick or see her in real life at Free Water 8 on August 14th at KGB Bar. Follow Freewater on Twitter @FreeWaterArts.